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Downtown Revitalization
5:02 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Rhinelander Hopeful For USDA Grant For Downtown

Downtown Rhinelander facing east
Credit Downtown Rhinelander, Inc.

Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. and the city are in the planning stages for a projected $8 million makeover of the streets and infrastructure downtown within two years. The first bit of funding for the effort might be coming in.

City Administrator Blaine Oborn said they've heard from the Department of Agriculture...

 

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Burmaster named as finalist
4:55 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Nicolet College Trustees Consider Possible Transitional Plan

The Nicolet College Board of Trustees has begun talking about the process they would take should they need to hire a new president.

Nicolet College President Libby Burmaster has been listed as a finalist for the president's position at Rock Valley College in Rockford, Illinois. She had been a finalist for the presidency of Edgewood College in Madison. Edgewood College this week announced Dr. Scott Flanagan, a vice-president at the school, as it's president.

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Issue Ads on Mining Controversy
4:53 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Iron County Elections Draw Outside Attention

Downtown Hurley, WI.
Credit http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8b/Hurley_Wisconsin_Sign_Iron_County_Sign.jpg

A conservative political advocacy group funded by the billionaire Koch Brothers is dipping its hand into Iron County board elections.  Americans For Prosperity has been mailing fliers to Iron County residents. 

The fliers decry the influence of wealthy radical environmentalists who oppose a mine in Iron County, and point the finger at seven candidates who are challenging county board seats in next week’s election.     

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March 26 is Purple Day
4:57 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Wearing Purple For Epilepsy Awareness

Bryan and Lynne Wakely have learned a lot about epilepsy while raising their son Eli.
Credit Natalie Jablonski

Rhinelander students wore purple on Wednesday to spread awareness about epilepsy. 

Lynne and Bryan Wakely have an 18-year-old son named Eli who has frequent seizures.  In his case, he also needs help with daily routines, and has to be monitored 24 hours a day.  But his mom will be the first to tell you, their son nothing short of awesome. 

“He’s always, no matter how many seizures he has at night, he wakes up with a smile on his face, ready for the next day.” 

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Heroin death in Oneida county
4:46 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Lewis Sentenced To Four Years In Prison

Richard Lewis
Credit Oneida Co. Sheriff's Department

A Vilas county man will spend four years in prison for his role in the heroin death of a Rhinelander-area man in 2012.

28 year old Richard Lewis and co-defendant Jennifer Heiting , also of St. Germain, were arrested after the December, 2012 death of David Stahl. Stahl was found dead in a house in the town of Crescent from an overdose. A few weeks later Lewis and Heiting were arrested. Lewis pled guilty to First-Degree Reckless Homicide and drug delivery.

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Hopes Everyone Gets Screenings
4:00 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Northwoods Legislator Battling Cancer

State Rep. Mary Czaja(R-Irma)
Credit Wisconsin.gov

Mary Czaja is a state legislator from Irma. She's  a businesswoman with an insurance background. She's also facing cancer again after having the disease 10 years ago. 

As she told  WXPR  her story from a medical facility in Madison, she wanted to get the message out that prevention is something everyone should consider.

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Below peak years of 2005 and 2006
2:40 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Oneida Co. New Construction Shows Slight Rise

New construction
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One indicator of how the economy is doing are how many sanitary permits are issued. It appears after several tough years, new construction in Oneida county is holding it's own.

Planning and Zoning Director Karl Jenrich says 2013 saw a small increase in numbers...

".....January through December of 2013, sanitary permits that allowed the installation of the septic system were up by approximately 50 permits. New homes were up by about 3 over 2012, and about 11 from 2011....."

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Allegedly beat man, left him for wolves
1:31 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Jones Remains Jailed On $100,000 Cash Bond

Raymond Jones
Credit Forest Co. Sheriff's Department

 

One of six people charged with the attempted homicide of a man will continue with a high bond.

 March 13, bond for 45 year old Raymond Jones was set at $100,000 in Forest county court. He appeared via video from jail Wednesday, charged with attempted first-degree homicide, four other felonies and three misdemeanors.

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Exercising Treaty Rights
4:02 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

LCO Harvest Camp Says It Will Comply With County Rules, But Won't Pack Up

Lac Courte Oreilles tribal members and others have maintained a presence near a proposed iron mine since last spring.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Members of the Lac Court Oreilles Harvest Education and Learning Project plan to rotate in and out of the site to comply with Iron County rules. 

Earlier this month the Iron County Board of Supervisors gave Harvest Camp residents six business days to leave, saying they were in violation of a 14-day camping limit. 

Camp spokesperson Paul DeMain says the site will remain as it is, but longterm residents will follow the rules by leaving every two weeks for at least 24 hours. 

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Backpack Project
3:35 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Aspirus Foundation Grant Helps Fund Weekend Food Program

 The Aspirus Health Foundation in Wausau has granted the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry to support it's weekend food programs for youth. The Foundation award was $3,000. Executive Director Kalynn Pempeck says supporting the Pantry's weekend Backpack Program  fits into the Foundation's efforts...  

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